Florence M. Stocker, longtime resident of Jordan, entered eternal life at the age of 82.
A visitation will be held Monday, June 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Jordan. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior, all at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Jordan. Florence will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery. Father Neil Bakker will preside, and Florence's grandchildren will act as pallbearers.
On March 13, 1937, Florence Marie Pumper was born in New Prague to parents, Stanley and Agnes (Maxa) Pumper. She attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic School and graduated in 1955 from New Prague High School.
On October 27, 1956, Florence married Ralph Stocker at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. The newlyweds settled in Jordan and began a family. Florence was a considerate, loving mother, she truly dedicated herself to her family. When the children were older, she returned to work and for over 25 years, Florence cleaned houses. While unconventional at the time, Florence also worked as a successful welder at Minnesota Valley Engineering (Chart Industries) until her retirement. For a few additional years, Florence worked part-time at the Jordan School Kids Company.
In her free time, Florence enjoyed quilting, gardening, antiquing, and spending time with her family and friends. She participated in Card Club for over 50 years with her long-time friends. With her family, she enjoyed fishing, camping, and attending polka masses and local church festivals. Most important to Florence was spending time with her grandchildren, she was so proud of them!
Florence was full of life, independent, upbeat, and greeted everyone with a smile. She was greatly loved and will be missed by her children, Gary Stocker, Cindy (Doug Sonnicksen) McGovern, Shari (Tom) Koenig; grandchildren, Chad Parker, Cole Stocker, Carlee Stocker, Bryan Johnson, Amy McGovern, Erin McGovern, Ashley Koenig, Andrew Koenig, Madison Koenig; great-granddaughters, Zoe Johnson, Ana Parker; sisters-in-law, Dorothy A. Pumper, Dorothy J. Pumper, Ruth Stocker; many other relatives and friends.
Florence is reunited in Heaven with her husband, Ralph; son, Mike Stocker; siblings, Mary (Ben) Kadrlik, Myles Pumper, Caroline (Lloyd) Segna, John Pumper, infant siblings, Eugene and Irene and parents.
Arrangements by Ballard-Sunder
Funeral & Cremation, Jordan